In a collection dedicated to Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, Bora Aksu creates garments to reflect the contrasts in her life.
Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was one of the most stalwart and prominent
figures in the British Votes for Women movement, bold and fearless, she marched alongside Emmeline
Pankhurst in protest outside parliament, refused to pay her taxes until women got the vote and threw
herself in front of Prime Minister Asquith’s car. After the death of Emmeline Pankhurst in 1928,
Sophia became president of the Suffragette Fellowship.
The lightest pastel shades of lilacs, blues and powder pinks
come alive in forms of lace and silk tulles moving freely, representing Sophia’s soft and shy
self, growing up in the blankets of an aristocratic life.
In contract, thick black and white
embroideries layered on plaid reflect her passionate, determined side.
Much of the detailing is inspired by the Suffragettes and their symbolic dress codes in the early
with hand embroidered words in pale shades written on shirts, collars, cuffs and
ribbons, sending softly spoken but strong messages.
Specially developed embroideries and textures have been created in graphic lines and shapes,
while maintaining a softness mimicking the perfect balance achieved in Sophia’s character.
combination of soft feminine fabrics and structured shapes add both a sense of romantic yet
bold silhouettes, whilst capes, jackets and coats in luxury woven fabrics